Kevin Willis

News Director

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio.  He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.  He is a broadcast journalism graduate of WKU, and has won numerous awards for his reporting and feature production.  Kevin grew up in Radcliff, Kentucky and currently lives in Glasgow.

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Sports
10:24 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Perfection: Marion County Lady Knights are 39-0, Kentucky Girl's State Champs

The Marion County Lady Knights came into the season hoping to finish what they started last year. They ended up doing that, plus making history.

Marion County beat Notre Dame 52-36 Saturday night to win the 2013 Kentucky girl's high school basketball championship. The Lady Knights were perfect on the season, 39-0, becoming only the third girl's team in state history to go a season without a loss.

The Lady Knights were open all season about their goal: to win the state title after losing in the championship matchup last year to Louisville DuPont Manual.

Miss Basketball finalist Makayla Epps was named Sweet 16 MVP, twenty years after her father, Anthony Epps, was named MVP of the boy's Sweet 16. Anthony Epps led Marion County to the 1993 championship and has had a front-row seat to his daughter's exploits, serving as an assistant coach to the Lady Knights.

Saturday night's attendance of 6,259 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green was a record for a girl's final at WKU.

Sports
8:25 am
Sat March 16, 2013

DuPont Manual Ends Owensboro Catholic's Season, Greenwell's Career

Update at 2:00 p.m.:

It will be Marion County vs. Notre Dame for the Kentucky girl's basketball championship Saturday evening.

Notre Dame, from northern Kentucky, upset the defending state champion, DuPont Manual, 64-60 in Saturday's second semifinal at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

In the day's first game, undefeated Marion County had no trouble with Anderson County. The #1 Lady Knights won 72-49, and will have a chance to win a state title and become just the third Kentucky girl's team to ever finish a season without a loss.

The championship game tips off at 8 p.m.

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Sports
8:20 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Kentucky Girl's Sweet 16 Down to Eight: Marion County, Owensboro Catholic Still Alive

Two schools from our listening area—including the state’s number-one ranked team—are still alive in the Girl’s Sweet 16 high school basketball tournament in Bowling Green.

The tournament-favorite Marion County Lady Knights take on Montgomery County in Friday's first quarterfinal. And Friday evening, the Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces play defending state champs DuPont Manuel of Louisville.

The day’s other two quarterfinals feature Anderson County versus Shelby Valley, and Marshall County against Notre Dame. Today’s winners play in two semifinal games tomorrow morning, with the champion crowned Saturday night.

Here's Friday's schedule:

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Sports
1:56 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Owensboro Catholic on to Second Round of Kentucky Girl's Sweet 16

The Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces are on to the second round of the Kentucky Girl’s Sweet 16 basketball tournament.

Owensboro Catholic beat Lincoln County 66-55 Thursday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

Owensboro Catholic’s Rebecca Greenwell scored 32 points and had 12 rebounds. The Duke-bound senior is one of the highest-ranked players in the state, and is reportedly playing with a torn meniscus in one of her knees.

The Lady Aces will next play defending state champ duPont Manuel of Louisville, who beat Mercy Thursday 74-60. The Owensboro Catholic-Manuel game is Friday at 6:30 p.m. central.

Politics
10:26 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Warren County Lawmaker Believes Sides are Very Close on Pension Reform Agreement

Warren County Rep. Jim DeCesare (R-Rockfield), on right
Credit Kentucky LRC

A Warren County lawmaker says he feels good about the chances of a pension reform measure being finalized by the end of the legislative session. Republican Representative Jim DeCesare told WKU Public Radio he doesn’t think there are many differences remaining between the two parties.

“It was my understanding that when we left there both sides weren’t that far apart," said the Rockfield lawmaker. "We just have some details to work out on three or four main issues. And the hope is that they can come to some sort of a conclusion and some kind of result that everybody can live with.”

DeCesare said pension reform is “without a doubt” the single most important issue lawmakers need to hammer out before the session ends. A bill passed by the Republican-led Senate creates 401-K like retirement plan for new government workers, while a House-passed bill would use money raised from the lottery and horse tracks to fund the state’s pension contributions.

Most Kentucky lawmakers are back home for the next week-and-a-half, while some conferees remain at the state capitol trying to work out differences between the House and Senate. All lawmakers will return to Frankfort March 25-26 for the final two days of the regular session.

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